After several years of success in Korea, Seventeen made their Japanese debut with 2018’s excellent Call Call Call. Since then, the group has released one J-pop follow-up, which sacrificed Call’s upbeat funk-rock energy for something more in line with their newly “matured” Korean work. New single Fallin’ Flower (舞い落ちる花びら) largely replicates this mood, albeit with different results.
Broadly speaking, the idol side of the J-pop market tends to favor more elaborate, overwrought melodies. While K-pop thrives on taut, ever-shifting arrangements, many Japanese groups offer a slower build, where melodies upon melodies snowball to create an ornate structure. Fallin’ Flower shares some characteristics with this approach. On first glance its structure is a bit baffling, moving through several distinct segments without ever landing on one defining anchor. Whereas most tracks would repeat their chorus three or four times, Flower only hits its titular hook twice. Instead, most of the song is given over to a gentle build, peppered with moments of surprising restraint.
There’s enough of a melodic through line to make this approach work, but just barely. I like the soft gallop of the instrumental during the opening verse. It gives Flower a sense of direction, which is especially important when the melody is replaced by an angstier rap segment. From here, the tempo slows to a crawl for a pretty – if ultimately unnecessary – moment. A stronger chorus might have made this sense of delayed gratification a little more… well… gratifying, though I do love the cresting refrain that follows the comparatively monotonous “fallin’ fallin’” chant. As usual, Seventeen elevate the track’s appeal, even during its meandering moments. I still think they’re at their best when matched with funk-pop dynamism, but Fallin’ Flower is well within their emotive wheelhouse.
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I didn’t like their last Japanese song, so it doesn’t surprise me that I also don’t like this.
However, DK sounds amazing in his part before the first chorus… and that’s all I have to say about this song
It’s a beautiful song. The type of song I craved from Seventeen. I may be liking this even more than Call x3. Because there has been a flood of “loud” songs recently, I really like how laid-back it is. I would give it a 9. Without bias.
Lackluster chorus really killed this for me, the refrain was nice but the monotones fallin was just weak
DK for the win! Best part of the song. I was hoping that section would get repeated with Seungkwan the second time around, but alas it was not to be. The rest of the song is a bit all over the place. I like the verses, but all the other pieces are scattered about.
Seventeen is a really good group and I’ve found that they have a consistent quality and performance in their music!
They keep on recycling the same ideas we’ve already heard before from them. The delayed chorus is getting too old and overused. This is like the 4th song they do this moody sound exactly the same way. Someone get these kids new producers!
Actually, the boys produce their own music. However, the delayed chorus is being a bit overplayed. As much as I applaud them going for sounds they feel comfortable with, their best work has always come from when they were their most bombastic.